Divisible Morals

Columns | Vienna Review | July / August 2008

Divisible Morals

 

sports and politics

they say

are two different things

they say

referring  to the dark years

of murder and death

in the past

 

they were fellow travelers

they say

nazis

and knew what was going on

and bore responsibility for it

they say

referring to the past

 

sports and politics

they say

are two different things

they say

and mean murder and death

today

in tibet

 

Translated from the German by Herbert Kuhner

Teilbare Moral

ein Gedicht von Miguel Herz-Kestranek

 

sport und politik

sagen sie

haben nichts miteinander zu tun

sagen sie

und meinen die dunklen jahre

mit mord und tod

damals

 

mitläufer waren sie

sagen sie

nazis

und haben alles gewusst

und mitgetragen

sagen sie

und meinen die von damals

 

sport und politik

sagen sie

haben nichts miteinander zu tun

sagen sie

und meinen mord und tod

heute

in tibet

 

© miguel herz-kestranek, 03/2008

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